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Robert Muckle is one of those long-time Pro-Life warriors that will be in the battle until we win or he goes to heaven. He has served CT Right to Life Corp for almost 40 years, holding offices and organizing the annual Waterbury bus to the March for Life all of that time.
Connecticut has played an important role in the effort to keep contraception illegal and thus slowing the march toward legalized abortion. Eventually it was the legal tangles in CT over their Comstock Laws that paved the way for Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. It seems ironic that efforts to prevent contraceptive access would eventually provide the “privacy” legal arguments that would lead to the legalization of abortion on demand throughout the US.
On June 21st Waterbury Catholics (and hopefully others) will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of closing the Waterbury Birth Control Clinic on June 19th, 1939. How will they celebrate? What does this celebration portend for the future of the Catholic Church in America? Has America’s culture of death reached its zenith?
Americans United for Life (AUL) develops and particularizes pro-life state legislation that protects women and their children as much as possible. AUL attorneys are very creative and finding new arguments that reduce the abortion industry in America, and to some degree around the world.
As AUL’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Dan McConchie leads these efforts with great passion and conviction. He was quoted in a recent interview, “Rubio Is Right: Life Does Begin At Conception,” and “It is an undisputed fact that a new human life begins when a sperm fertilizes an egg. Every single embryology textbook says the same thing, and has done so for over 100 years. Despite the left’s wishes to the contrary, this isn’t going to change any time soon, precisely because the science is settled.”
Dan’s compassion is contagious to the point that state legislatures compete for AUL ranking as the most pro-life state. If a state losses a notch in the AUL rankings, the legislators are on Dan’s door-step asking what they need to do to reestablish (or surpass) their prior ranking. Ohio just makes the top third at number 17.
Father Habiger is a Benedictine priest in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison Kansas. Since 2003 he has been a full-time member of NFP Outreach where his focus is primarily upon promoting God’s Plan for Marriage and Spousal Love, which includes counter acting the contraceptive and sterilization culture. He does this through parish missions, NFP parish weekends, Theology of the Body seminars, and consultations with priests and bishops during “clergy days”. Father Matthew has his PhD in Moral Theology from the Catholic University of America. He is very well qualified to address the challenging topic of “conscience”.
If you want to do some homework for today’s program, you can read about conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) beginning with: http://www.usccb.org
1776 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment…. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God…. His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”
For many people–and clergy are no exception, conscience poses a difficult subject. The CCC says that we must obey our conscience. BUT, we must have a “well-formed” conscience (CCC, 1783), or we will be led astray by the evil one as a consequence of Original Sin.
Conscience poses a very serious challenge for many Catholics in their discernment about sexual morality, particularly in addressing contraception, sterilization, artificial reproductive technologies, and Natural Family Planning.
I am very excited to be having Bishop Morlino as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this week. Bishop Morlino is only the 4th bishop of Madison, it being a fairly young (68 years) diocese comprising 11 counties in SW Wisconsin.
Bishop Morlino has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy, and a doctorate in Moral Theology with specialization in fundamental moral theology and bioethics. His education and training have been steeped in the Jesuit tradition which often means a life-time in academia. Since 2005, Bishop Morlino has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences.
As a Jesuit Bishop Morlino has a special kinship with Pope Francis. As you may already know, Pope Francis has called an Extra Ordinary Synod on the family for October 2014 to address the many challenges families face today, and how the Church can better respond to those challenges. The Diocese of Madison has taken the Pope’s questions from the Synod Preparatory Document very seriously by seeking answers to these questions from a great variety of Catholics.
Bishop Morlino is very grateful to God for having 32 seminarians, which is outstanding for a diocese of 277,000 Catholics and 139 parishes.
I really enjoy interviewing bishops. I am always in awe of their position as Vicar of Christ for their dioceses and all the responsibilities that a bishop carries.
The recent canonization of Saint John Paul II has drawn new attention to his “Theology of the Body” and its impact on the Culture of Life. His biographer, George Weigel has said that TotB will impact every teaching of the Creed and it will take decades to fully comprehend its influence on the faith and the faithful.
Damon Owens left an impressive career in the business arena to devote his life to full-time work in marriage and family ministry. He has served as Natural Family Planning and Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Newark, founded two non-profit organizations (New Jersey Natural Family Planning Association and Joy-Filled Marriage New Jersey), and led initiatives for various pro-life and pro-family organizations such as the New Jersey Catholic Bishops Conference, The Children First Foundation, and Life Education and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.), the largest African-American, pro-life ministry in the country. Damon is a certified speaker and has been lecturing for the Theology of the Body Institute since 2005. In December of 2011, Damon was named the Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 18 years and have eight children.
Many of our listeners are familiar with the Theology of the Body because of Christopher West’s presentations that have popularized TotB throughout the USA and in dozens of other countries in the short span of 10 years.
Owen will give us a brief summary of the Theology of the Body, the work of the Theology of the Body Institute founded by Christopher West, and this summer’s International Theology of the Body Congress in Philadelphia.
I’m not an authority on chastity and “abstinence” education programs, but I’m pretty sure that for many (most?), FEAR is the prime motivator–fear of pregnancy, disease, and emotional trauma. Teen STAR is unique in emphasizing the beauty and blessing and purpose of human sexuality. Teen STAR treats young men and women with the dignity and reverence appropriate to their age by teaching them about their bodies and how God intends for their bodies to be treated and cared for.
As Fertility Educator Emily Sederstrand says, “When you teach a woman [anyone, really] how her body works, you are teaching her about her creator”. I say, “Learning about your Creator is THE most important purpose/value of Teen STAR”.
Teen STAR was developed by internationally renowned Dr Hanna Klaus, Ob/Gyn, NFP teacher and advocate for the Billings Ovulation Method. Dr Klaus spent 7 very busy years as a Medical Mission Sister in Pakistan. In 1980, she developed the Teen STAR Program that is now popular in over 30 countries primarily in Europe, Africa and South America.
Joining us will be Teen STAR Teacher Dorothy Duganzic, and Fr Peter Pomposello-pastor of Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx where Dorothy has been teaching Teen STAR to JHS students for 5 years. We can also expect Mr Ernie Zalamae, Principal, Holy Cross School, and some of the students to be with us to share their experience with the Teen STAR Program.
Quintus, a Roman Tribune and Legate of Emperor Tiberius, is ordered to investigate the recent events in Judea. The Emperor has received confusing, conflicting, and disturbing reports from this most Eastern outpost of the Roman Empire. A supposed criminal–a carpenter from Nazareth–has been executed by order of Pro Counsel Pontius Pilate. This carpenter Jesus had a large following that believes he is god and that after his crucifixion, his body was sealed in a tomb, he rose from the dead. The claim is that he has been seen by hundreds.
Quintus is given all the resources and support he could possibly need to conduct his investigation, including the authority to root out Christ-followers and execute all of them if they pose a threat to Pax Romano. Quintus is ordered to determine who is this Jesus, did he really die, was he buried, did he rise from the dead, was his body stolen, by whom, and where is it??????? To get answers to these serious and perplexing questions, Quintus will interview the Roman authorities, Jewish leaders, the apostles, and two Marys–the criminal’s mother and another who may have been his lover.
Dr Rocco Leonard Martino, PhD, is a rocket scientist, inventor and entrepreneur turned novelist.
Is Jesus the ultimate example of masculinity–a leader, father, warrior, lover, and miracle worker? Fr John will make that case for us on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”, Tuesday at NOON, ET. We need masculine men to establish a Cuture of Life in the home, parish community and country. Are you man enough to make difference?
Father John Acrea is a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines Iowa. During his “active duty” he was the Vocations Director for the Des Moines Diocese and a Spiritual Director for seminarians at St John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St Thomas in St Paul Minnesota.
He is in demand as a speaker at men’s conferences–like the recent “Man-UP” event in Des Moines.
The typical male probably does not think of Jesus as his image of manliness, or masculinity. Men are more likely to think of a great athlete, a combat veteran, a hero or someone who has overcome great diversity and challenges to be a success in business. And it is true that these men are exhibiting some of the characteristics of masculinity, but Fr John would say that each and every one of us can be (and many already are) men of exceptional masculinity.
Are priests and bishops and popes “masculine”? Is going to the seminary similar to joining the Marines?
Ladies, don’t go away. Fr John says women have these same characteristics, but manifest them in different ways.
Peter will be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” Tuesday NOON ET. He is President of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to exposing the homosexual-bisexual-transgender activist agendas. AFTAH is a counter to over a dozen national American “gay” groups with annual budgets ranging from just under $1 million to over $30 million working to advance an agenda which threatens to criminalize Christian opposition to behavior that most Americans believe is wrong.
LaBarbera has debated the top homosexual advocates while appearing on hundreds of TV and radio news programs, including FOX’s Hannity and Colmes, CNN’s “The Larry King Show” and CNN’s “Crossfire,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and Bill O’Reilly’s and Alan Colmes’ nationally syndicated radio programs. He has been quoted on homosexuality-related issues in newspapers across the nation, including The New York Times,Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, as well as by Associated Press and Reuters.
Peter will address Health Issues associated with homosexual behaviors and the question of whether same-sex-attraction (SSA) is a condition/disorder that people are born with or acquired. He will also examine the motives behind efforts to normalize SSA in our schools and culture. Are these often extreme tactics creating a back lash that will eventually bring these efforts down?
Katherine Ginkel has a unique job as educator of St Jude Hospice staff personnel on the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Workers. These Directives were developed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to set a standard of care that is to be expected by all Catholic health care institutions and their employees and associates. These ERDs are periodically updated to reflect the ever changing threats to the dignified treatment and care of those who are in need of care in clinics, hospitals and in all critical and end-of-life care situations. For example, the ERDs absolutely forbid abortion and euthanasia.
The hospice industry is not always respectful of the dignity of human persons and their right to a natural death. Hospice care can be on opportunity for euthanasia as we reported in one of last year’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” programs. The vocabulary now includes the phrase “stealth euthanasia” to describe the over dosing of pain medications to cause death.
St Jude Hospice was started by Tom Moreland as an authentically Catholic (loyal to Church teaching as reflected in the ERDs) alternative to secular hospice. In 2008, Tom started Saint Jude Healthcare, which eventually became the parent to Saint Jude Hospice and Spirit Homecare. Tom managed or owned hospices from Ohio to Mississippi, and Minnesota to California. There are now 13 St Jude Hospice locations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. Tom has requests from several bishops to open new locations in their dioceses.